We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
Website
Improve this listing
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...

This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$28*
and up
Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 337 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 234
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Great in the Summer

The Boston Harbor Islands are a beautiful place to take in nature and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of Boston. The best time to visit is the summer, although also the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
ethomas1850
,
Oxford, Massachusetts

Similar Things to Do in Boston

Add Photo Write a Review

337 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Oxford, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Boston Harbor Islands are a beautiful place to take in nature and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of Boston. The best time to visit is the summer, although also the most crowded. Late spring and early fall are also a good time to visit, the crowds are less but bring a jacket. The ferry ride to... More 

Helpful?
Thank ethomas1850
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Boston Harbor Islands are a great place for people young and old. There are ferries to a few of the islands with historic forts to explore, food and visitors' centers with artifacts and presentations. The rangers are not the greatest asset but some are friendly with some historic knowledge. The ferry ride is fun and not long in case... More 

Helpful?
Thank Meg M
Reading, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cool thing to do during the summer. Nice boat ride and then cool islands to explore. Most have a snack area that is usually overpriced, so bring your own food and water. Make sure you check the schedule and decide what islands you want to hit ahead of time. You have to decide on the times for arrival/departure when... More 

Helpful?
Thank laurenna130
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

There are several islands to go enjoy/explore but currently only 2 have any real facilities (George's Island & Spectacle Island). Several are only accessible via personal watercraft. Many have old cement bunks and ruins from WW2 defensive installations. The two letdowns are Long Island and Gallops both are currently closed to the general public. Long island has a city youth... More 

Helpful?
Thank NP383
Pittsfield, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Spent a day visiting the islands and doing the Junior Ranger Books. Arrive early and plan on making a day out of this.

Helpful?
Thank James Z
Brookline, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I think there are 4 or 5 islands. You can take a boat out to each of them. The ride in the water is just as awesome as when you get there. Discover hiking, swimming or camping. Some people probably fish too. My children went there on school trips so I was eager to help out and went. One of... More 

Helpful?
Thank DLee B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We really enjoyed this break from the heat of the city in late July. We took the Harbor Island Ferried to access 2 of the many islands. We especially liked George's Island with many things to see on this island. We stopped at Spectacle Island but weren't impressed and lots of people here (visited on a Sunday).

Helpful?
Thank DALA57
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

A great way to spend a spring, summer, of early fall afternoon strolling through the islands available via the ferry service from the wharf near the Aquarium in Boston. From the Civil War Fort to the views of Boston Harbor, it is just fun for the whole family.

Helpful?
Thank Michael S
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We (four adults) toured the Boston Harbor Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the U.S. It is no longer used by the Coast Guard, but was saved from destruction or sale through Sen. Kennedy's efforts and made part of the Park system. Ignore his politics and just thank him for saving this gem. We signed onto a Park Service tour. (I... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Pegtrav
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Visited George's Island (this one has an old fort to explore!) and grabbed a snack there. The cost of admission is actually the price of a boat trip to the islands. Give yourself a good 4 hours. I didn't think I was going to need much time, but found myself exploring the island, which has picnic areas set up in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Susanmvh1

Travelers who viewed Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area also viewed

 

Been to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?